Elliott Bristow's Super 8 Film Diary

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RetroRoadTrips - the Super 8 film diary of Elliott Bristow

Elliott Bristow kept a Super 8 film diary documenting his 500,000 mile road trip around America, amassing 75 hrs of footage during this 14 year journey (1968-1982). The original inspiration for this trek was Jack Kerouac's book On The Road, which Elliott first read in 1958. There are 4 short film examples available below this text box.

AeromotorOzarks girls in pick up truckMan views the dawn45 Peterbilt going up a hill

Over the ensuing years there have been various ways this diary has been presented: a 4 screen travelling film show in the 1970's, a 6x30' television series called Road Dreams in 1989, then DVD sales of short films over these last five years, and now an ebook for the iPad or Mac, which provides over 50 minutes of video, 330 stills and 33 pages of road stories. This book - Road Dreams an American Adventure - is on sale from the iTunes Bookstore or iBookstore (see the link above the book cover image), with sample pages available on Facebook. All these forms of presentation are part of the long term aim to produce a full length film of this story - Codachrome - a time of road dreams - utilising the full range of material from the Road Dreams archive.

Road Dreams an American Adventure - Elliott BristowClick to go to the Road Dreams an American Adventure Facebook fan page
buy Road Dreams an American Adventure in the iTunes store

Sample Films for Viewing


Location Quiz
Click to view and download Dinosaur Gas
Click to view and download Season of Silence
Click to view and download Home in October
Click to view Beer and Tombstones
Dinosaur Gas Season of Silence Home in October Beer and Tombstones
Jack Kerouac

Super 8 to FCP


RetroRoadTrips PAL DVD



Free posters

Filmstrips poster

Sound Track CD

RetroRoadTrips Sound Track CD

Read the article about Elliott Bristow by Aidan O'Rourke, or one at American Studies Online. (These links take you off-site.) To contact Elliott Bristow use one of the methods listed on the Contact Page. To leave comments, go to either Updates or Viewer Comments. Please note this site uses Statcounter software to help determine which pages are visited most frequently and to shape the website accordingly. Read more about Statcounter cookies

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